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Preview: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #4 (of 7)

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #4 (of 7)

(W) Marc Silvestri (A/CA) Marc Silvestri
In Shops: Feb 07, 2023
SRP: $4.99

TRAINing day! Batman and The Joker’s ability to function as a team is put to the biggest test yet as they are dropped out of the sky and into a moving train! Will their alliance hold together, even if the speeding locomotive does not? Meanwhile, the Dark Knight has enlisted the help of Nightwing and Catwoman to help with his investigation, but with more pieces of Gordon being shipped to GCPD headquarters, by the time they find any clues, will there even be enough of the commissioner left to save?

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #4 (of 7)

Witchblade Complete Collection Vol. 3 comes to Kickstarter with a new Witchblade #1 Preview Edition

Witchblade Complete Collection Vol. 3

Top Cow Productions, Inc. is heading to Kickstarter for the Witchblade Complete Collection Vol. 3. Fans can pre-register that fans can now pre-register for its launch which will take place on Wednesday, February 1st at 7AM EST. The Kickstarter features a new limited collectible hardcover of iconic series and a backer only preview edition of the new Witchblade #1 by writer Marguerite Bennett, artist Francesca Ciregia, and colorist Bryan Valenza, and new cover by Top Cow founder and Witchblade co-creator Marc Silvestri unveiling the new Witchblade gauntlet

This Complete Witchblade Hardcover Volume 3 is a limited edition reprint of the iconic series featuring art by Randy Green, Keu Cha, Brian Ching, Francis Manapul with the main story by Paul Jenkins and collects Witchblade #37-57, Destiny’s Child #1-3, and Witchblade/Lady Death.

This Volume 3 hardcover will have an exclusive Kickstarter dust jacket and every copy will include a limited edition bookplate signed by Marc Silvestri.

For the fans who have been searching for Volume 1 and Volume 2, Top Cow announces that they will make new printed editions available via a special tier.

Also, Top Cow has confirmed that the original Witchblade wielder, Sara Pezzini, will return in a new series debuting in 2024 which will be resurrected with a special Kickststarter Witchblade #1 Preview Edition. Through this Kickstarter’s backer kit, this special edition will give fans a preview of what’s to come!

Kickstarter backers will also have their names featured in the #1 Preview Edition’s Thank You section.

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 finally gets to the duo part

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 finally gets to that whole “duo” aspect. While Batman and the Joker met in the first issue, the two have mostly been split up with the Joker held as a prisoner in the Batcave. It’s mostly been Batman on his own trying to figure out what’s going on with some backup to help him out. The key dynamic we’re here for, Batman dealing with the Joker, has mostly been missing, brushed to the side. Well, hopefully that’s now changing if this issue is any indication.

Yes, the two are mostly apart for the issue but three issues in, we’re finally getting a better idea as to who the villain is and Batman has realized he’ll need the Joker’s help to solve whatever is going on. Marc Silvestri does double duty as the writer and artist for the series and continues to deliver amazing visuals with writing that’s slowly improving.

The strong point of the issue is Batman being an actual detective. As he ended the previous issue, he had to decide the fate of two individuals and here we get to see his deduction as to which is the one he should save. It’s not a shock as to the answer but it’s nice to see the world’s greatest detective actually be a detective.

That extends to his attempting to figure out the mysterious creatures. There’s some logic there as to what to do next, showing Silvestri’s Batman is a bit more than just the action we’ve seen so far.

But, it’s such good looking action. Each issue just looks great showing off Silvestri’s talent with colors by Arif Prianto. We knew going into this that the visuals wouldn’t be an issue and that’s been the case with every release. Silvestri does what he does best in his distinctive style and doing so with a flair that’s so much fun to look at.

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 is beginning to deliver on the promise of its title. By the end, we finally get the duo together to figure out what’s going on and track down whoever is behind the strange monsters and have taken Gordon and Harley. Here’s hoping after such a wait it all delivers the back and forth we’ve been waiting for.

Story: Marc Silvestri Art: Marc Silvestri Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 8.05 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 (of 7)

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 (of 7)

(W) Marc Silvestri (A) Marc Silvestri
In Shops: Dec 06, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Batman has joined forces with his archnemesis, and things are already off to a rocky start. But time is of the essence as another piece of Commissioner Gordon is delivered to the Gotham City PD. Will Batman be able to work fast enough to save his dear friend, or whatever is left of him?

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 (of 7)

Review: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2

I said in my review of the first issue, the draw of Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo is Marc Silvestri‘s art. Fans of the creator will flock to it and let’s face it, his style is one that stands out from the crowd. While I wasn’t as much as a fan of Silvestri’s writing on the issue, I still found the concept and moments entertaining. Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 is far better in that department delivering a well rounded issue that has far more than just its art going for it.

With a story and art from Silvestri, with color by Arif Prianto, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2‘s hook is how Batman and the Joker will get along as they team up. And, it’s entertaining. Silvestri does a solid job of balancing the Joker’s insanity and rambling jokes with Batman’s seriousness. It’s a dynamic we’ve seen so many times before (ahem, Deadpool) that can swing too much on way and just not click. But, Silvestri nails it with just enough comedic moments and they’re often presented in a twisted way that reminds us who the Joker is. It’s not laughs just because.

The issue lays out a bit more of what we can expect for the series. It’s an interesting direction, and as a DC Black Label comic, can go a bit mature. It feels like we’re getting Batman’s version of Saw with a little Silence of the Lambs mixed in and if the series continues this way, it should be a twisted read to come.

The art by the team is as fantastic as you’d expect. Much like the first issue, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 shows off Silvestri’s strength and style which fits so well for this story. There’s a certain darkness to it that is perfect for the horror undertones of the issue. All of the characters have that strength and coolness that Silvestri’s style is known for. It’s dynamic and as solid as you’d expect.

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 is an entertaining read. It doesn’t fall into “90s issues” we see from others who “return” to comics and instead plays off Marc Silvestri’s strengths that made his creator owned work stand out from the crowd. There’s a lot here to enjoy and fans of Silvestri, want to see Batman and Joker team up, or like a little horror, will want to check this one out.

Story: Marc Silvestri Art: Marc Silvestri Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 (of 7)

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 (of 7)

(W) Marc Silvestri (A) Marc Silvestri
In Shops: Dec 06, 2022
SRP: $4.99

Batman has joined forces with his archnemesis, and things are already off to a rocky start. But time is of the essence as another piece of Commissioner Gordon is delivered to the Gotham City PD. Will Batman be able to work fast enough to save his dear friend, or whatever is left of him?

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 (of 7)

Preview: Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo #1 (of 7)

Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo #1 (of 7)

(W) Marc Silvestri (A) Marc Silvestri
In Shops: Nov 01, 2022
SRP: $4.99

The Joker will go to any lengths to get Harley Quinn back after she is abducted by a strange culprit. But who? Mysterious, Joker-like monsters are stalking the streets of Gotham, collecting severed heads. But why? Jim Gordon is missing, and after receiving a package containing a bloody piece of Gotham’s commissioner, Batman knows he must be willing to do anything to save him. But how? When The Joker proposes an uneasy alliance with Batman, the answers to those questions begin to become clear–and they will shake Gotham City and the Bat-Family to their core. This meticulously crafted tale of the Dark Knight’s deadliest team-up will introduce you to a grim and gritty Gotham that only Marc Silvestri could bring you.

Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo #1

Review: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1

Marc Silvestri is one of those creators whose name stands out from my teenage years (if that). His art was definitely a draw (no pun intend) for me. Silvestri had a style that stood out from those he eventually teamed up with like Lee, Liefeld, Larson, and McFarlane, a bit rougher and mechanical in some ways. It looked, and still looks, great. So when it comes to Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1, Silvestri is the reason you’re going to get it. The name alone the hook to the comic.

A DC Black Label comic, Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 opens with a kidnapped Harley Quinn in a sequence that’s very much a riff on Silence of the Lambs. All that’s missing is a bucket and lotion. Who’s her tormentor? That’s a mystery left for a reveal in another issue but it’s the driver to the main story, the Joker needing Batman’s help.

Batman himself has an issue with horrific attacks by individuals that sound like the Joker but can’t be and eventually someone close to him also seeming to be in danger.

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 is the crumbs leading you to the main event, the eventual team up. There’s weird monsters to fight and just a glimpse of what the “Deadly Duo” will be like but let’s face it, it’s Silvestri’s art that’s the main event.

Silvestri’s art is what you’d expect. His style is unique and stands out and is perfect for this type of story. Batman with a cloud hovering over it like Se7en and mix in a little Hannibal Lecter, that’s a combination that’s perfect for Silvestri. What’s interesting is the art, while very dynamic at times, stays away from too many two-page spreads. Instead there’s a solid balance of panels focused and up close, and at a distance giving us a grander view. Arif Prianto‘s coloring adds to the mood of it all, delivering a pop of color but not making the overall mood too bright. It’s a combo that’s so solid.

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 is exactly what one would expect going into it. Silvestri’s art pops and the story itself is interesting enough. It’s the tease before the main event and this team-up really gets going.

Story: Marc Silvestri Art: Marc Silvestri Color: Arif Prianto
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Cherish #1

Cherish #1

Writer: Katana Collins
Artist: Gabriel Caitano
Covers: Marc Silvestri with Ebas (A), Brett Booth (B), Eric Canete (C), Soo Lee (D)
32 pages | Action Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

IT’S BLOOD ON THE BOARDROOM FLOOR – LITERALLY!
CHARACTER DESIGNS BY MARC SILVESTI
Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents a new series by bestselling author Katana Collins and rising star artist Gabriel Caitano: Cherish, featuring character designs by Marc Silvestri!
When the blood on the boardroom floor moves from metaphorical to literal…
Cherish is the story of Amelia Fellows, a young woman who witnessed the betrayal and murder of her father at the hands of those he once trusted. Unfortunately for Amelia, the people behind her father’s death are some of the richest, most powerful people in the world. If Amelia wants justice for her father, she’ll have to get it herself as the well-armed hi-tech vigilante, Cherish.
Issue #1 comes out swinging as Cherish infiltrates the corporate headquarters of Unicon. The company, led by chairwoman Valerie Nolan, had once worked with Cherish’s father. The only way Amelia will get the incriminating evidence she needs to take down everyone involved in her father’s death is to integrate herself into the staff and hide in plain sight. But things get complicated when Valerie’s son, Conrad, who Cherish has been seducing for information, becomes suspicious. Now it’s a race against time for Cherish to see if she can survive long enough to get the justice she seeks.
This can’t-miss debut issue features stunning covers by series character designer Marc Silvestri, plus Brett Booth, Eric Canete, and Soo Lee!

Cherish #1

Preview: Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo #1 (of 7)

Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo #1 (of 7)

(W) Marc Silvestri (A) Marc Silvestri
In Shops: Nov 01, 2022
SRP: $4.99

The Joker will go to any lengths to get Harley Quinn back after she is abducted by a strange culprit. But who? Mysterious, Joker-like monsters are stalking the streets of Gotham, collecting severed heads. But why? Jim Gordon is missing, and after receiving a package containing a bloody piece of Gotham’s commissioner, Batman knows he must be willing to do anything to save him. But how? When The Joker proposes an uneasy alliance with Batman, the answers to those questions begin to become clear–and they will shake Gotham City and the Bat-Family to their core. This meticulously crafted tale of the Dark Knight’s deadliest team-up will introduce you to a grim and gritty Gotham that only Marc Silvestri could bring you.

Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo #1
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